Wilmore's start on Comedy Central as a regular correspondent on Stewart's The Daily Show helped him secure his own place in the late night spot.

Larry Wilmore " s late night comedy talk programme "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore' is being cancelled by Comedy Central after a little over 18 months on the air, it has been announced.

Comedy Central president Kent Alterman told Variety that despite high hopes, the show never attracted the audience the network expected.

After pausing for boos, Wilmore then thanked Comedy Central, the staff and the fans, whom he called the "best" in all of late-night TV. It wasn't about the election; it's about another year of the show.

Wilmore is also now an executive producer on the ABC sitcom Black-ish, for which he served as the creative head until The Nightly Show began, which replaced The Colbert Report when Colbert left the network to host CBS' The Late Show. "Although on the plus side, on the plus side, I must say, our show going off the air has to only mean one thing: racism is solved".

Alterman, however, dismissed the notion that the show's cancellation was racially motivated, and pointed to "The Daily Show's" new host, Trevor Noah, who is black. "I'm just so proud that we were able to take on real issues and hopefully say something powerful while making people laugh", he continued.

"As much as we like Larry and the uniqueness of the show and the voices that are on the show - not just in terms of ratings - it hasn't resonated in terms of our fans engaging with show". His new show "Insecure", co-created with comedian, writer, and performer Issa Rae, will explore the intersections of identity, race, gender, and social interaction in a way that, in classic Wilmore style, will be as amusing as it is thought-provoking.

Fellow "Daily Show" graduates John Oliver and Samantha Bee have proven particularly popular on rival networks, with Mr. Oliver's HBO show "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" and Ms. Bee's TBS program "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" doing well in the ratings. In a separate statement, Wilmore expressed that he is "saddened and surprised we won't be covering this insane election, or "The Unblackening", as we've coined it..." "I guess I hadn't counted on 'The Unblackening" happening to my time slot as well".